Farm Talk

When I was down at Loyola Marymount for college, my freshman year I got put with a random roommate, miss Ashlee. She was a city gal from San Diego, who did have some roots in farming but for the most part, my life was very foreign. We are still very close friends to this day, it was a great random assignment. But I remember very vividly the first few months and even still today she will stop me mid-sentence and say, “Ok quit talking Farm Talk, I have no clue what you just said!” I never thought of how I talked to be “farm-ish”, honestly there are many times on the farm that I’m lost as to what to call things still today. I use “that thingy over there”, or “You know that deal that rolls, with the notches, and the whoop.” So I thought I would put together a small piece of translation so when you come out to visit, you can bring your dictionary for “Farm Talk”

Rig – any vehicle that you drive

Truck – A semi-truck of sorts, NOT A PICK-UP

Pick-up – If you’re smart it’s your Ford…if you’re not it’s your Dodge or Chevy

Jockey Box – Glove box

Creek – pronounced Crick, small trickle of water that runs below our farm

Baby Grass – A first year grass seed field

Yellow – Our Yellow Truck

Blue – Our blue truck (seeing a pattern here?)

Mojo – The ’67 Ford that was bought new and still runs like a champ

Lean To – Any building that is open on one side and connected to a shop or fully enclosed structure. If you have a shop, or any building you have to throw up a lean to, I’m not kidding. Even my house has a lean to!

“To Town” – If you go to this place, always ask everyone if they need anything, town is not close and fuel isn’t cheap

“Beep Me” – We use direct connect, or basically walkie talkie each other…Niner Niner

Tile Suck-out – When the tiles that are underground that we use to help the soil drain, break. It causes a HUGE hole in the ground and has to be flagged so that we don’t loose a tractor in a hole.

Anchor – corner post for your fence, not for your boat.

Slicker than a hog on Ice – be careful whatever it is, it’s slippery!

Romeos – Comfortable slipper looking shoes, great for work and everyone has them

Pop – It’s not soda, it’s not cola, it’s not even Coke…it’s Pop!

Oregon – Now this is important…it’s pronounced OR-GUN…not OR-EY-GONE

Most important thing to know – How much Rain did you get yesterday?

Farmer’s Tan – The reason when I put my arms next to my legs after summer, it resembles a ying yang sign.

What do you think…did I miss anything??  Anymore “Farm Talk” on your farms??

Author: Nuttygrass

I'm a nut and grass farmer, EMT, Firefighter, and world traveler. I love a good laugh and a great adventure!

7 thoughts on “Farm Talk”

  1. When I left Oregon we had put away a lot of hay, but only when I moved to Iowa did i ever hear making hay.


  2. Red’s the 601 workmaster (a ford )
    Gray’s the 9N
    Yellow Dump is the 1957 dump truck still runs like new
    Headed to town tomorrow means have your list ready or do without
    Catch pen is a corral to others
    Open the gate (to release the irrigation water, not the livestock)
    Sheds or Lean to’s are connected to the barns and out buildings I have a Village of both


  3. The Hubby and I quickly found out that Nebraskan’s have different terminology than South Dakotans.

    In western SD people drive outfits.

    Sorry, but I am a “truck” girl. Dad and Hubby both drive Dodges. J would agree with you, he drives a pickup and the “truck” is the old straight truck or the semi.

    Nebraskan’s pick corn. The Hubby says that farmers harvest corn and pick their nose.

    Our vehicles are named also. Most of the pickups are red so we differentiate them as the Ranch Pickup and S-10. Bob is the bobcat and hard worker.

    I always like these types of posts. Thanks for sharing, Brenda.


  4. I love this. Proud to say I knew quite a few. And I didn’t know Mojo was bought new!! That’s awesome. Love you farmin cousin.


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